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Problem:  Two point charges are separated by 6 cm (6 cm = 0.06 m). The attractive force between them is 20 N (20 Newtons). Find the force between them when they are separated by 12 cm (12 cm = 0.12 m). (Why can you solve this problem without knowing the magnitudes of the charges?) What do you know about the sign of the charges (positive, negative, etc)?

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In this problem, we need to know Coulomb's law, which is expressed as:

F=kq1q2r2, where k is Coulomb's constant and r is the distance between the two charges, q1 and q2.

We're given,

r1 = 0.06 m, F1 = 20N, and r2 = 0.12 m

From Coulomb's law,

F1=kq1q2r12F2=kq1q2r22

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 Two point charges are separated by 6 cm (6 cm = 0.06 m). The attractive force between them is 20 N (20 Newtons). Find the force between them when they are separated by 12 cm (12 cm = 0.12 m). (Why can you solve this problem without knowing the magnitudes of the charges?) What do you know about the sign of the charges (positive, negative, etc)?

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